Just got home from Toyota Sports Center. I filmed the entire scrimmage, which I will post the length of in as few clips as YouTube will allow (though the camera didn’t perform quite as well as i had hoped, particularly for the action at the far end of the ice), as well as a decent number of the drills for both groups. Before I dive into organizing that mess, some general thoughts and impressions.
Standout player of the day for me was Andy Andreoff. This kid is tenacious. His work ethic is phenomenal and his hands aren’t too bad either. He scored often in drills and created his fair share of what few scoring opportunities his team (Black) had during the scrimmage. Really liked this kid.
Kozun was fun to watch as always, though I don’t think he was particularly happy with himself today. At the end of his practice session he had quite the sour look on his face while he cursed both under and over his breath. Emotional kid, that’s a good thing. In the scrimmage I was happy to see him throw what little weight he has around along the boards. He shot was hard and he gets it off quickly, but he didn’t have the accuracy going today.
If Forbort is ready for the big show in two years, we won’t feel the loss of Scuderi if today was any indication. His defensive stick work is deft, striking like a viper. He doesn’t throw his weight around like a bruiser of any sort, but he does use his size effectively to his advantage positionally. I half expected him to look tall and goofy, but he fills out his frame rather nicely for a kid.
Andrew Campbell has come a long way. I’m still far from his biggest fan, but whereas the last two years I’ve attended these camps I’ve come away thinking “what the he’ll does Lombardi see in this kid?”, this year I think I may have finally seen it. Jack of many trades, master of none. His skating has improved a great deal.
Deslaurier was quiet but always solid. As always, his skating is exceptional.
Muzzin was easily the best player on the ice. He used his size along the boards much more effectively than he had in the past.
Kaunisto was awesome to watch in the drills, but less impressive in the scrimmage, though he had a couple if nice shifts.
Speaking of which… Chris Gibson was pretty darn old in the scrimmage, but he seemed a trifle lazy to me in the drills. Whereas Jones was focused and wholly intense for every drill, Gibson didn’t seem to put forth all his effort. I guess not every can be like Quick in practice. Not necessarily a bad thing.
Czarnik is strong and fights for his ice.
Invite Alex Roach was good. Great skater and made some nice decisions with the puck, though he did fumble it a few times.
I forget who is number 72 (Nic Dowd I think?), but he has a pretty decent shot.
Vey is solid all around and had a pretty good day. He didn’t generate much in the scrimmage, but he hounds the puck. Though i echo most people’s comment that i wish I wish he was bigger.
Toffoli… Didn’t impress as much as I had hoped. I barely noticed him during the scrimmage, and though he scored a few beauties in the drills, he also sent more than his fair share of shots wide. His skating was better than last year, but still labored. I want to say he was floating out there, but I don’t trust my memory quite enough to say that for sure.
Tryout David Eddy was fun to watch in the scrimmage. He threw his weight around every chance he got.
Kopitar’s countryman Blaz Gregorc was pretty good. The poise from playing in the SEL showed. Nothing particular about his game stood out to me, but he made sound decisions with the puck and seemed to be a pretty good passer.
I know everyone wants to hear about Mersch and Shore and Schumacker, but to be honest, I didn’t notice them all that much except for Shore’s fantastic snipe (the only goal of the scrimmage).
OK… I think that’s about it. I’ll have the videos posted as quickly as my Internet connection an patience permits.